The Poetry for Peace contest was held from 15 September until 14 October 2011. The winners were anounced at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York.
Below is one of the contest entries.
Nothing is left KA-BOOM! The smoke clears, as I crawl away I see the pain in everyone’s faces My memory is clear but I can’t help feeling That I’m missing something, something important My tears are dry like scars on my face I see people crying, screaming for help Fire running everywhere, burning people’s faces Now that I lost everything, nothing I left I can’t take the pain, it’s too much It will be better up there, where there is no pain I could be happy with my ryoushin Because without anything nothing is left
— Jose Suarez
All Poems Submitted to the Contest